Been trying to tackle my mail this afternoon and came upon the link to an article by Stan Goodenough at Jerusalem Watchman:
And I quote,
To correctly approach, understand and respond to End of Days Biblical prophecy we should view it through an Israel-centric lens.
All prophecies pertaining to the end of the age should be seen in the context of God’s focus on this nation (*Israel) and their land. This is not my opinion, it is the Lord’s point of view. The whole Bible supports this. The Book of books is all about God’s plan to redeem His fallen creation. Central to that plan, as far as the bulk of Scripture is concerned – whether in terms of overall volume, emphasis, focus or thematic consistency from start to finish – is the land of Israel as the geographical stage on which God works out His plan, and the nation of Israel as the channel through which He brings it to pass.
I’m going to be frank with you folks–at first I honestly thought this was a joke, …you know, satire. But sadly the realization came to me: this is not satire this guy really believes this.
He, and many other like-minded Christians truly believe in and follow an “Israelocentric” god. When they read God’s Word, instead of seeing God’s plan for Man’s redemption through His Son Jesus Christ on every page they ‘see’ Israel. They see, as he further writes,
Israel…at the very center of the earth and of His redemption plan
This is heresy: They follow the false god of Christian Zionism.
“I am he who sent Israel
to be the way by which
the nations will be judged:
Whoever loves Israel loves me,
but whoever does not love Israel
does not love me and will be judged.
I am he who gives Israel
to be the salvation
for the world.”
—the God of Christian Zionism
Excerpt from The Bible’s Christocentric Structure
As Christians, we read, interpret and apply the Bible through the lens of Jesus Christ. Below you will read an excellent statement made by Norman Geisler about how all the various genres of Scripture, i.e. the types of literature, address Jesus Christ.
In the law we find the foundation for Christ. In History we find the preparation for Christ. In Poetry we find the aspiration for Christ. In the Prophets we find the expectation of Christ. In the Gospels we find the manifestation of Christ. In Acts we find the propagation of Christ. In the Epistles we find the interpretation of Christ. In Revelation we find the consummation in Christ. – Norman Geisler, To Understand the Bible, Look for Jesus (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968), 83.
As Paul wrote, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20). Reading, interpreting and applying the Word through Jesus Christ is a unique means by and through which Christians bring glory to God the Father. As you read Scripture in a Christocentric manner, we join in saying, “Amen to God for his glory!”